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Henman regrets losing his temper at Queen's Club

Written by: Staff

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) Tim Henman regretted losing his cool at Queen's Club today after his frustration at some poor line calls boiled over during a 6-3 3-6 6-2 semi-final defeat by Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

Henman had just levelled the match and was a break up in the third set when he reacted angrily after a poor call cost him his serve at 2-1.

The Briton later called the supervisor on to the court to complain and lost his concentration, allowing three-times former champion Hewitt to win five games on the trot and take victory.

''Sometimes you handle things well, sometimes you don't. I don't think I did handle it particularly well today,'' said the 31-year-old Henman.

''The line calling was appalling today. There were probably seven or eight calls that were just mistakes. It's very difficult to play like that when you sort of lose all confidence.

''When it comes on a break point like that, it obviously does have an impact. That went against me and in all honesty I wouldn't say I then dealt with it very well because I think it frustrated me.

''He started to turn the match around, and it ran away quickly.'' With Wimbledon only nine days away, Henman was nonetheless greatly encouraged by his run to the semi-finals on the Queen's Club grass.

''I don't really want to get drawn on the whole officiating issue because the positive thing is I've been playing so well,'' said the four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist.

''Sure, it's disappointing today. I would have loved to have gone into the final again. But it's been a fantastic week. It gives me a great foundation to build from for next week's practice and obviously Wimbledon.'' REUTERS MP PM2135

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